Antonio Brown clears waivers

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The Buccaneers got rid of Antonio Brown, and the other 31 teams didn’t want him, either.

Brown cleared waivers today, as was widely expected.

That doesn’t necessarily mean no other team would be interested in his services. It’s possible that some team might sign Brown for the playoffs, but that team would surely want both to make sure his ankle is healthy enough to play and that he’s mentally ready to play.

Brown is now an unrestricted free agent. It’s an open question whether he’ll be a free agent forever. At age 33 he’s getting old for an NFL wide receiver, but he played well when healthy this season. Based purely on his on-field talents, he could still help an NFL team.

Unfortunately, it’s never been about Brown’s on-field talents. His propensity for causing trouble off the field and burning bridges around the NFL makes it possible that he has played his last game.

95 responses to “Antonio Brown clears waivers

  1. The Chiefs should pick him up. He could room with Tyreek Hill. They could compare notes.

  2. There now, it’s official. We can all move on without hearing his freakin’ name again this season. I don’t care if he does sign with a playoff team. Don’t tell us, let it be a surprise when we see him on TV.

  3. AB’s available???? Awesome, let’s go get this guy right now for the playoffs, he’s a real game changer and he’s low risk, high reward!

    Said no GM or Head Coach, ever

  4. Please let this be the one time the entire league comes to its senses and recognizes that AB shouldn’t be anywhere near a football field until he gets mental help.

  5. I don’t care if Antonio has talent or not…what contending team would bring this cancer into their locker room?

  6. Surely some GM or HC gearing up for the playoffs is thinking, “Ya know…I’m kind of thinking we need to burn this house down. Somebody get me AB’s agent on the phone, Now!”

  7. Steelers should sign him. The prodigal son coming back home for Big Ben’s last game. What a story that would be!

  8. January 7, 2022 at 5:15 pm
    The Chiefs should pick him up. He could room with Tyreek Hill. They could compare notes.

    38 4 Rate This
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    Hey! That’s mean! As far as we know AB never snapped his own kids in arm in two, causing CPS to remove the child from his own home for his own safety!!!

  9. Wait till week 18 is in the books. I wouldn’t be surprised if some lower seed picks him up to boost their chances of getting past the Wildcard round. The NFL is all about money first, each franchise is all about wins first. Damn the torpedoes.

  10. Please let the Chiefs pick him up! I’d love to see him storm off the field in the AFC championship, and ruin their chances! Please?

  11. Could a team have claimed him and gotten a compensatory draft pick if he signs with someone else next year at the cost of 1 games salary? Not sure how that works

  12. You want lung cancer? Smoke. You want skin cancer? Don’t wear sunscreen. You want a locker room cancer? Sign Antonio Brown.

  13. So, the NFL has passed stage 1 of its sanity check. Now they need to keep passing it for the next few years and consign AB to the dustbin of NFL history.

  14. He averaged 78 ypg. That was nowhere close to his average yearly stats with the Steelers and that was last in 2018.

  15. Seems to me everyone said Michael Vick would never get signed again……BUT low and behold here comes the Eagles. Philadelphia fans would grumble a little if AB was signed BUT REALLY wouldn’t care if it helped them advance in this years playoffs.

  16. He already said he’s gonna have surgery on that ankle, and if that’s true, he won’t be able to help anybody in the postseason. By the time he’s healed up & ready to go full speed again, free agency will be here, and teams will pick the more sane options. Then the draft comes, and the rookies will be added into the mix. It’ll be August when he has a new team again, and that’ll only happen when somebody has an injury & gets desperate for a starter when there’s no other options anywhere near his caliber.

  17. Agree worse. But Mr Vick LITERALLY did the crime, and did the time. So the price paid I think was a major difference parallels aside. It’s a good point though

  18. Gallup is out for the year… I could see Jerry asking his players first. Dallas has enough power to keep the media quiet when they need to

  19. I read a post online a while back that asked what if Brown doesn’t have mental issues and he truly is just an ass. I’m going for he doesn’t have mental issues, he has diva issues.

  20. ehsguy72 says:
    January 7, 2022 at 5:17 pm
    AB’s available???? Awesome, let’s go get this guy right now for the playoffs, he’s a real game changer and he’s low risk, high reward!

    Said no GM or Head Coach, ever

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    Be careful, we’ve been proven wrong at least twice already

  21. So that means the Bucs could claim him for their practice squad, right?

    (sarcasm, folks)

  22. richndc says:
    January 7, 2022 at 5:31 pm
    January 7, 2022 at 5:15 pm
    The Chiefs should pick him up. He could room with Tyreek Hill. They could compare notes.

    38 4 Rate This
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    Hey! That’s mean! As far as we know AB never snapped his own kids in arm in two, causing CPS to remove the child from his own home for his own safety!!!

    Yeah, but if AB had done that, imagine how difficult it would be for the poor kid to protect himself from the falling furniture

  23. The RAMS have a proven track record of trying to buy a super bowl, so don’t be surprised, even with Kupp on their roster.

  24. When AB walked off the field during the game that ended his career. Arians bent over backwards for him and it still ended badly. AB just can’t help himself. He can join other head cases like T.O., Ocho Cinco, Greg Hardy and others who ended their careers prematurely because they were head cases.

  25. Child abuse, domestic violence. rape accusations, substance abuse, vehicular manslaughter, cruelty to animals, assault, child support delinquency in the hundreds of thousands, insider trading and armed robbery are all given 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or more chances…

    Why, if AB has something left to give, do you really think he won’t be on the field next year ?

  26. His career should be over but it’s not. I bet he signs with whatever team the bucs play first. Do you think that AB might still have a bucs playboook hanging around that some team may be interested in?

  27. oldsquid says:
    January 7, 2022 at 6:34 pm
    I read a post online a while back that asked what if Brown doesn’t have mental issues and he truly is just an ass. I’m going for he doesn’t have mental issues, he has diva issues.
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    Put my vote in the “he is truly just an ass” column.

  28. I was hoping some non-playoff team would claim he so there was no way he could show up in the post-season.

  29. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    January 7, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    He averaged 78 ypg. That was nowhere close to his average yearly stats with the Steelers and that was last in 2018.

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    Stats, shmats. The thing about Brown is that when he’s functional and on the field, he’s a difference-maker. He gets the important yards, downs, scores. He comes through in the clutch.

    That’s why he’s still been around this long. Brady knows the value of that. At some point the wheels come off, but until that point, you have someone who can be the x-factor to winning a Super Bowl.

    As well as the Bucs managed that last season, I’m a bit surprised they seem so clueless about it this season.

  30. I bet Pluto would have claimed him, if it were still a planet. Bring back Pluto, Goodell!!!

  31. Would be hilarious if the Saints sign him if they get in the playoffs and then beat the Rams, then get to play Tampa. Brady would be wailing to his dad goodell for the entire week leading up to the game to make sure the refs help him win even more than usual

  32. joshiewashie says:
    January 7, 2022 at 6:59 pm
    Child abuse, domestic violence. rape accusations, substance abuse, vehicular manslaughter, cruelty to animals, assault, child support delinquency in the hundreds of thousands, insider trading and armed robbery are all given 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or more chances…

    Why, if AB has something left to give, do you really think he won’t be on the field next year ?
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    Tossed a football at Big Ben, convicted of reckless driving, foot issues due to cryotherapy, helmet issue, skipping workouts and trying to fight GM, accused of sexual misconduct by two women, attacked the driver of a moving company, falsified vaccination record, took off uniform during game and then exited the field… what chance are we up to now?

  33. sharpdressedfan17 says:
    January 7, 2022 at 5:18 pm
    I don’t care if Antonio has talent or not…what contending team would bring this cancer into their locker room?
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    Don’t fool yourself every team in the league has signed players like him or worse. Your team included.

  34. jvotoronto says:
    January 7, 2022 at 8:13 pm
    AB’s next catch is a fist to the face from Jake Paul. I’m sure brown would sign up for that lots if money to be made boxing paul.

  35. In all seriousness brown is 33 and a head case his days are a difference maker are over.

  36. Screw players like AB. Let’s hope we don’t unconditionally root for our teams to win at all costs anymore.

  37. I’m not going to be surprised if he plays again this year. I’m going to be surprised if he isn’t signed with a team next season. I’m hoping it isn’t the Seahawks.

  38. Radioactive and toxic…good luck to any team that takes a chance on him…but he’s likely done.

  39. I live in Tampa and am a big Bucs fan. I acknowledge AB was a major contributor in the Bucs 2020-2021 super bowl run last year, and was also a difference-maker this year when he was playing healthy. I had foolishly convinced myself that AB finally turned a corner on self-control, but now realize I am just the latest in a long line of fools to drink the Antonio Brown kool-aid. Shame on me.

    It is indisputable that AB is a great football player, but just as indisputable that he is a toxic locker room presence. You put him on your roster, and it is just a matter of time before the inevitable “Wah-wah-wah I’m not getting the ball enough” Antonio temper-tantrum occurs.

    But I am very surprised that Antonio has cleared waviers. I truly, truly thought he would be claimed on waviers by one of the Y2021 playoff teams that are shamefully desperate for a super bowl ring (Rams, Chiefs). Maybe teams are finally fed-up with Antonio Drama, but I doubt it. This is still the NFL – where talent talks, BS walks, and teams will do whatever it takes to win. Even if that means bringing ‘Antonio Brown the uncapped nitro-glycerine bottle’ into your locker room.

    But how ironic, if not typically Buccaneer-ian (if that’s even a word), would it be if AB signs with one of the Y2021 playoff teams before the start of the playoffs, ends up playing against the Bucs in the playoffs, and has one of the best games of his career to end the Bucs Y2021 playoff run.

    No, no, no Antonio!

  40. I thought he was done for the year anyways because he was going to have ankle surgery?

  41. He had trouble finding a team when the Bucs made a run at him last time. No team is going to sign him. Too much risk and he’s no longer a number one option. A strong two, but no team is going to take a chance on him burning down their locker room based on his last two stops. His career as a football player is over. I’d say odds would be something like 1-10 he’ll never suit up for an NFL team again and 12-1 he does. Not very good chance. About 6%.

  42. As a Steeler fan, I can’t tall you how many times I wished that they could put Hines Ward’s head on Antonio Brown’s body…

  43. Every time AB is in the news, it just reminds me of how Pittsburgh screwed the pooch in paying him instead of paying Le’veon Bell. I still think this guy is just there for his own self and his own back and no one else and this recent incident backs that up.

  44. Raiders can sign Kapernickel, Antonio brown and DeShawn Watson. Oh i forgot Johnny manziel. Terrell Owen’s can still play…
    Cmon man ! Carr needs a backup.
    The nfl is for entertainment…dont forget that. Nfl loves headlines and has the $ to pay its actors well. Every business does it. Ab is playing his role very well.

  45. A team would really sign him at this point? He turned on Brady! The guy that got him paid when nobody wanted him. Twice. If some other team is willing to try it’s their loss.

  46. The larger AB tries to sound, the smaller he looks. Could be a long “free agency”.

  47. Antonio Brown had very little, if any, incidents prior to 2015. What happened in 2015? That’s the year when Burfict laid AB out with that dirty hit during the playoffs. Ever since then, he has had a string of off the field issues. I won’t be surprised if/when we find out that AB suffers from CTE. It’s evident he’s suffering from something and it’s sad to see so many mock him for it.

  48. How long until AB is out of money?

    Six months? A year? Next week?

    This will not end well.

  49. The Packers are always one player away. The should have signed Odell and now they should just make the push and get Brown.

  50. Brown and his lawyer state they have medical evidence that his ankle is so torn up that he cannot play on it and it requires surgical repair. Why would another club sign him?

  51. Not only is he a headcase, but he is openly saying that he shouldn’t have played because he is injured. So it really makes no sense for anyone to pick him up with so few games remaining.

  52. “The Packers are always one player away. The should have signed Odell and now they should just make the push and get Brown.” The Packers are smart enough to stay away from troubled players who need mental health counciling and will disrupt the team chemistry by their insane actions.the team is doing just fine without Odell.

  53. Brown, Gruden, Urban Meyer, and Henry Ruggs would make a great golf 4-some: guys who have recently self-torpedoed their NFL careers.

  54. Next up..
    Collusion Case against all NFL teams for not giving Brown his 100th second chance.

  55. Why would anybody sign an “INJURED” Player for the playoffs? LMAO!
    Nobody will touch him this year but we haven’t seen the last of him in the NFL and that’s for sure. Just take a look at Josh Gordon.

  56. Cleared waivers and he is a free-agent.
    Now he can REALLY let the market show him how much he is worth!
    My guess: approximately $0 and 0 cents.

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